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Letter: No respect for our country’s flag

I just have to comment regarding the Fourth of July Parade in Carbondale.

We are usually gone, and this is only the second time in so many years that I have gone down to Main Street. Where is the pride in this country? I saw one large flag, which hangs across Main Street. I thank the town for that. I may have missed something, but I only saw a flag on top of the Pour House. I don’t remember seeing any other business with a flag?

I could have missed them, I guess what makes me really sad is the fact that Fourth of July is traditionally a parade for kids and bikes, etc., yet when the American flag carried by a youngster apparently didn’t stir anybody that surrounded me, I and my friend stood at attention and put our hand over our hearts, some guy behind me was on his cell phone, I commented to him there is an American flag going by, put you hand on your heart and show some pride for America. He just looked at me, and I said I am talking to you.

Dr. Phil has mentioned it in his New Book called “Life Guide” about how things have changed in this country and not for the better, He talks about how to survive in this world, I am looking around at the people who never bothered to look up and salute our flag. Doesn’t this flag mean something besides talking to your neighbor? I am an older lady, and I am really disappointed that some of the people that witnessed this parade couldn’t bother to stop listening on their cell phones, stop talking to your friend, just to pause for a moment and say a prayer for our country and for men and women who have paid for this freedom with their lives.

I may be old-fashioned, but pride and love of country should never get old or be overlooked. If you’re one of the ones that were doing the things mentioned above, perhaps it’s time to really take stock. Kids mimic what parents do. If you don’t have time to pause and be thankful for our liberty, then your kids won’t have time to either.

Jane Spaulding


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